What Exactly is Bias?

What Exactly is Bias?

Here’s a reminder from Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts by Leslie Aguilar on the important subject of bias:

I’m sometimes asked if paying close attention to one’s words and nonverbal communication is simply being “Politically Correct.” My answer: “No, it’s about a different ‘P.C.’ It’s about being Professionally Competent’…being ‘Personally Conscious.’” And, it’s about respect. Bias-free, inclusive communication is both professional and humane – both competent and caring – and helps the message reach a diverse range of listeners.

Bias means a predisposition to see things or people in a certain way. You can be biased toward some people and predisposed to see them in a positive light. Likewise, you can be predisposed to see others in a negative light, based on their appearance, group kinships, or differences from you.

Bias is an internal belief. It is mental prejudgment, positive or negative, made about an individual. But it’s when you act it out in speech and behavior that others receive the full impact.

Today’s Leadership Solution is from

Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts

Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World

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